The Science Ambassador Scholarship
A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications for the 2021 academic year open this fall.
If you'd like to be notified when applications open, sign up for our mailing list here.
Congratulations to Sala, our 2020 Winner
Sala is a high school senior from Virginia. Here's the moment we told her she'd won:
Sala is our fifth scholarship winner. Read about our previous winners.
How does it feel to win?
It honestly feels surreal! I feel so lucky, and I'm excited to get to work with everyone and make more videos in the future!
What do you plan to study?
I want to get a degree in engineering. Right now, I'm leaning towards mechanical, but I'm not married to it! I would also be open to aerospace or materials science.
It's far off, but any thoughts about life after college?
I'd love to get a job in the space industry. While I definitely want to stay here on Earth, I think it would be awesome to work on projects that solve problems for people working on the moon and even Mars! At the end of it all, when I retire from engineering, my dream is to come back to where it all started and be a high school calculus teacher.
Did you know we also award scholarships to our runners-up? Watch their videos here.
How To Apply This Fall
Applications for the 2021 academic year open this fall. To apply, film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply. To view examples of previous applications, check out our winners page. Your video should be:
- A mini–lecture, not a personal statement. Pretend you're a lecturer speaking to a class. Teach us something.
- Clear, creative, accurate, and a demonstration of your passion for the subject. Your video doesn't need to be fancy or high–tech. Production value is not a factor.
- Three minutes or less in length.
- About any STEM topic, not necessarily your field of study.
- Scientifically accurate. We encourage you to cite sources you use to research your topic.
- Uploaded to YouTube and marked ‘public.’ It should be accessible to the general public and could, but doesn't have to be, targeted at young students.
An advisory board of women who hold higher degrees and work in a broad range of STEM fields will review applications and select finalists. Finalists will be notified in early 2021 and will move onto the next round to submit additional materials. A winner will be announced in April 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applications open fall 2020.
You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. You do need to attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States or a United States Territory.
Nope! You can explain any STEM topic you find exciting. Remember to deliver a mini–lecture, not a personal statement.
No. The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school seniors.
All fields within science, technology, engineering, and math are eligible. For a full list of STEM fields, click here. STEM must be your major field of study (not your minor).
Yes, you can apply, as long as you will study a STEM field for the entirety of your undergraduate career.
You can spread the word to as many eligible students as possible. Also, you could grab the Cards Against Humanity Science Pack. All sales fund the scholarship.
The brilliant Ashley Lukashevsky.
Meet the Winners
Every semester, we ask winners of the Science Ambassador Scholarship to create new videos explaining STEM topics they're learning about in school.Meet the Science Ambassadors
The Science Pack
Our goal is to highlight outstanding women in science, technology, engineering, and math. To date, we've funded four full–ride scholarships and created a community of mentors and students who work in STEM fields.
Scholarship funds are provided from Cards Against Humanity's Science Pack, a 30–card expansion pack co–authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait.
$1,316,186 raised so farBuy the Science Pack
Meet the Judges
Advisory Board Co-Chairs
Veronica Berns, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University
Kathryn Havens, M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin, Kern Institute
Jen Indovina CEO & Founder, Tenrehte
Leigh Abrams, Ph.D. Senior Scientist R&D, Honeywell UOP
Brittany Allen-Petersen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University
Laurie Bayet, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology, American University
Elena Chartoff, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory, McLean Hospital
Dr. Amanda Childers Senior Scientist
Emily R. Davenport, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Penn State University
Molly Foote Ph.D. College of Health Sciences, California Northstate University
Mallory Hacker, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Kathryn Henley Associate Director of Scientific Writing
Stephanie Hicks Assistant Professor
Dr. Jennifer Hirsh PharmD, M.S. , Clinical Informatics Pharmacist/Program Manager, Veterans Health Administration (VISN 12)
Dr. Renée Hložek Dunlap Institute and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
Dr. Christina M. Ignarra Postdoctoral Research Associate, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Meghan Joly, Ph.D. Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Joyce Kao, Ph.D. Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, ETH Zürich
Assistant Prof. Michelle Kline Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Sarah Kolitz, Ph.D. VP Translational Medicine, Immuneering
Annalena La Porte, Ph.D. Scientific Associate, VMLY&R
Dr. Tara Mandalaywala Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lisa Manglass Ph.D. Student
Heather M. Maranges Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology, Florida State University
Lindsay Marjoram, Ph.D. Research Associate, Powered Research, LLC
Debbie Gale Mitchell Assistant Teaching Prof., Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Denver
Dr. Sarah Mitchell Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University
MurphyKate Montee Math Dept, University of Chicago
Dr. Christine Sierra O'Connell Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Department
Nadija Rieser Medical Student
Irene Gallego Romero, Ph.D. Lecturer in Systems Genomics, University of Melbourne
Dr. Molly Rossow Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Kate Sippel, DVM, DACVR Senior Medical Manager IDEXX Laboratories
Sara Tallarovic, Ph.D.
Dr. AnnMarie Thomas Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship, University of St. Thomas
Sharda Umanath, Ph.D. Department of Psychological Science, Claremont McKenna College
Karina Wernecke Systems Manager, McMaster-Carr
Dr. Stack Whitney Science, Technology and Society department, Rochester Institute of Technology
Melissa A. Wilson, Ph.D. Center for Evolution and Medicine, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Cindy Wu Co-Founder, Experiment